Classical Literature of Greece

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The List Includes Those That Were Not Greeks, Although Had Some Influence

Is a list of most influential Greek authors of antiquity (by alphabetic order):

From c.VII B.C- c.VII A.D

  1. Aeschines-Rhetorics
  2. Aeschylus - Tragedy
  3. Aesop - Fables
  4. Alcaeus of Mytilene-Lyric Poetry
  5. Alcman-Lyric Poetry
  6. Anacreon-Lyric Poetry
  7. Anaxagoras-Philosophy
  8. Anaximander-Philosophy, Mathematics
  9. Anaximenes-Philosophy, Mathematics
  10. Andocides-Rhetorics
  11. Anthony the Great-Theology
  12. Antiphon-Rhetorics
  13. Apollodorus of Carystus-Comedy
  14. Aristophanes - Comedy
  15. Archimedes - Mathematics, Geometry
  16. Aristotle - Philosophy, Physics, Biology
  17. Aratus - Poetry, Astronomy
  18. Arrian - History
  19. Athanasius of Alexandria-Theology
  20. Bacchylides-Lyric Poetry
  21. Chionides-Comedy
  22. Chrysippus-Philosophy
  23. Claudius Ptolemy -Geography, Astronomy
  24. Clement of Alexandria-Theology, Philosophy
  25. Democritus - Philosophy, Chemistry
  26. Demosthenes - Rhetorics, Politics
  27. Dinarchus-Rhetorics
  28. Dinon-History
  29. Diodorus - History
  30. Diogenes Laërtius - History of Philosophy
  31. Duris of Samos-History
  32. Epicurus-Philosophy
  33. Epimenides of Knossos - Philosophy, Philosophical poetry
  34. Eubulus (poet)-Comedy
  35. Euclid of Megara - Mathematics, Geometry
  36. Euripides - Tragedy
  37. Evagrius Ponticus-Theology
  38. Gorgias - Philosophy
  39. Hegemon of Thasos-Comedy
  40. Heraclitus-Philosophy
  41. Herodotus of Halicarnassus - History
  42. Hesiod - Epic Poetry
  43. Hippocrates of Cos - Medicine
  44. Homer - Epic Poetry
  45. Hypereides-Rhetorics
  46. Iamblichus-Philosophy
  47. Ibycus of Rhegium-Lyric Poetry
  48. Irenaeus-Theology, Philosophy
  49. Isaeus-Rhetorics, Logography
  50. Isocrates-Rhetorics
  51. Justin the Martyr-Theology, Philosophy
  52. Leucippus-Philosophy, Atomism
  53. Luke the Evangelist-Theology, Medicine, History
  54. Lycurgus of Athens-Rhetorics
  55. Lysias-Logography, Rhetorics
  56. Maximus the Confessor-Theology, Philosophy
  57. Menander - Comedy
  58. Melissus of Samos-Philosophy
  59. Nicomachus of Gerasa-Mathematics
  60. Origen-Theology, Philosophy
  61. Papias of Hierapolis-Theology
  62. Parmenides-Philosophy
  63. Pherecydes of Leros-Mythography, Logography
  64. Philo of Alexandria-Theology, Philosophy
  65. Pindar - Lyrical Poetry
  66. Plato - Philosophy
  67. Plutarch - History, Biography, Philosophy
  68. Posidippus (comic poet)-Comedy
  69. Protagoras - Philosophy
  70. Pythagoras of Samos-Philosophy, Mathematics, Religion (No works)
  71. Sappho of Lesbos-Lyric Poetry
  72. Simonides-Lyric Poetry
  73. Socrates-Philosophy (No Works)
  74. Solon - Politics, Philosophy
  75. Stesichorus-Lyric Poetry
  76. Strattis-Comedy
  77. Thales of Miletus-Philosophy, Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics
  78. Theocritus - Bucolic poetry
  79. Theopompus-History
  80. Thucydides - History
  81. Xenarchus of Seleucia-Philosophy, Philology
  82. Xenophanes- Philosophy, Theology
  83. Xenophon - History
  84. Zeno of Citium-Philosophy
  85. Zeno of Elea-Philosophy

Further reading[edit]

  • Nisetich, Frank J., Pindar's Victory Songs. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980: translations and extensive introduction, background and critical apparatus.
  • Durant, Will (1926). The Story of Philosophy. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-69500-2.
  • Victor Davis Hanson, John Heath, Who Killed Homer: The Demise of Classical Education and the Recovery of Greek Wisdom, Encounter Books, 2001
  • The Canadian Museum of Civilization—Greece Secrets of the Past
  • Ancient Greece website from the British Museum Economic history of ancient Greece
  • The Greek currency history Limenoscope, an ancient Greek ports database
  • The Ancient Theatre Archive, Greek and Roman theatre architecture
  • Illustrated Greek History—Dr. Janice Siegel, Department of Classics, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia
  • Whitmarsh, Tim (2004). Ancient Greek Literature. Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN 0-7456-2792-7.
  • Beye, Charles Rowan (1987). Ancient Greek Literature and Society. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-1874-7.
  • C. A. Trypanis (1981). Greek Poetry from Homer to Seferis. University of Chicago Press.
  • Anonymous, 1780. The History and Amours of Rhodope. London: Printed for E.M Diemer.
  • John Purkis-The Greek Civilization
  • Greek Lyric II: Anacreon, Anacreontea, Choral Lyric from Olympis to Alcman (Loeb Classical Library) translated by David A. Campbell (June 1989) Harvard University Press ISBN 0-674-99158-3 (Original Greek with facing page English translations, an excellent starting point for students with a serious interest in ancient lyric poetry.)